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Saab Global

Production Engineering Manager

Fareham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 5 June 2024


Saab UK is part of Scandinavia’s largest defence company, bringing together the best of Swedish and British innovation. Saab offers world-leading solutions and services in defence, aviation, space, and civil security to keep people and society safe. Our UK presence has been growing at pace, meaning we can offer a wide range of opportunities for personal fulfilment and career growth. We currently employ over 500 people across eight sites in the UK, and our specialisations include software engineering, underwater robotics, radars, AI, and armed forces training.

As part of the global entity Saab AB, Saab UK combines the innovative spirit of a start-up with the resources and expertise of a larger corporation. Globally, Saab employs over 22,000 people, with operations on every continent. Our partnerships with UK customers and industry mean we are able to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, anticipating the threats of tomorrow. We invest 23% of our annual revenue into research and development, collaborating with a range of partners including industry and academia.

Saab is a company that offers our employees plenty of opportunities for growth and advancement. We embrace diversity and are committed to providing a workplace where individuals can thrive professionally, paving the way for future progression. We also recognise the need for a healthy work-life balance to ensure our staff have the chance to live a fulfilling life beyond the workplace.


We are seeking an experienced Industrialisation Manager to join our dynamic team in the field of electrical test and installation, specifically focusing on radar systems. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in lean manufacturing principles and have extensive knowledge of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). This role will involve overseeing the technical transfer of industrialization processes, ensuring efficient production methods, and implementing continuous improvement initiatives to optimize our manufacturing operations.

Key Responsibilities:

Industrialisation Strategy:

  • Develop and execute strategies for the industrialisation of radar systems production, focusing on optimizing processes, reducing lead times, and enhancing product quality.

Lean Manufacturing Implementation:

  • Utilize lean manufacturing principles to streamline production processes, eliminate waste, and improve overall efficiency. Lead kaizen events and continuous improvement projects to drive operational excellence.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES):

  • Leverage MES systems to monitor production performance, track key metrics, and make data-driven decisions to enhance productivity and quality. Collaborate with IT and operations teams to optimize MES functionality and integration.

Process Optimization:

  • Analyse existing manufacturing processes and identify areas for improvement. Implement changes to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and ensure compliance with quality standards.

New Product Introduction (NPI):

  • Lead the industrialisation efforts for new radar system products, collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure smooth transition from design to production, technical transfer from our sister company and Develop manufacturing plans, process documentation, and training materials for NPI projects.

Supplier Collaboration:

  • Work closely with suppliers to optimize component sourcing, lead times, and quality. Identify opportunities for supplier improvement and implement supplier development initiatives as needed.

Quality Assurance:

  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams to ensure adherence to quality standards and regulatory requirements throughout the manufacturing process. Implement corrective and preventive actions to address quality issues and drive continuous improvement.

Team Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to industrialisation teams, fostering a culture of accountability, collaboration, and continuous learning. Mentor team members and develop talent to support long-term organisational growth.


  • Proven experience in industrialization or manufacturing engineering roles within the electrical/electronics industry, preferably in radar systems or similar high-tech products.
  • Strong knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and methodologies (e.g., Six Sigma, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping).
  • Experience with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and proficiency in data analysis and reporting.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage timelines, and drive results.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with a track record of leading cross-functional teams and driving organizational change.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of quality management systems (e.g., ISO 9001) and regulatory requirements for electrical/electronic products.
  • Continuous improvement mindset with a passion for innovation and excellence in manufacturing operations.